Saturday, December 31, 2011

cleaning up - getting organized!

Nancy Merkle of Small Impressions Paintings put together a beautiful treasury that will be sure to inspire you to organize your favorite space.

A warm thank-you to Nancy of "Small Impressions Paintings" for including our pattern for the "Oval Cotton Storage Binsin your "Cleaning up - Getting Organized!" Etsy treasury.

kim and tara.

Thursday, December 29, 2011

choosing the right color scheme.

Perhaps the the most enjoyable, yet challenging, part of any new crochet project is finding the right colour combination. We found this "color scheme designer" and we are sure that you will agree that it is the perfect go to tool for helping you decide which colour combination will work best for your project.


Wednesday, December 21, 2011

new pattern - extreme pom-pom scarf.

My newest pattern has been released!

Extreme is in!! This is a very fun scarf to add to your wardrobe when you are in a playful mood. Omit the pom-poms and you have a more subdued scarf and one that is perfectly suited for a man as well.

This is an extremely long scarf, measuring 100” long and 4” wide. Perfect for winding and tying around your neck.

It is made of super chunky yarn, so it is super quick to whip together and you will be sporting your own “Extreme Pom-Pom Scarf” in no time!

  Enjoy and happy crocheting!


Tuesday, December 20, 2011

25 ways to wear a scarf.

Tara just posted a sneak peek of her wonderful new scarf pattern the "Extreme Pompom Scarf" and if you are wondering about how she tied the scarf you will enjoy this YouTube clip showing "25 Ways to Wear a Scarf in 4.5 Minutes!"


Sunday, December 18, 2011

sneak peek.

Here's a fun and playful scarf pattern that will be released any day now.  Made of super chunky yarn, it is  very quick to whip up and you can be sporting your new 
"Extreme Pom-Pom Scarf" in no time.


photo gallery - the glistening pearl's infinity scarf.

We are always so excited when customers share pictures of their finished projects with us and we are delighted with "The Glistening Pearl's" version of the Infinity Scarf. She made the scarf a little longer and wider than the original and we love the results!!! Visit The Glistening Pearls blog to read more and to find out what yarn she used.

You will also want to check out The Glistening Pearl's etsy shop. As you can see from the picture below each unique piece of jewelry is designed to capture the paradisaical coIours and textures of the ocean. 


Tuesday, December 13, 2011


Whether your button is serving as a fastener or if it is strictly for ornamentation we're sure that you will agree that buttons are invaluable for embellishing your crochet work. This is why we have decided to start a series of blog posts called "buttons".

The first buttons that we have chosen to feature are from a fellow Etsian named Orly Rabinowitz. Orly is from Israel and she is the creative force behind "rabinowitzorly". Here is where you will find a beautiful collection of unique, and one-of-a-kind buttons that are all handmade from polymer clay.

The wonderful thing about Orly's buttons is that she uses the millefiori technique, mixing the colors and creating the pattern which produces one-of-a-kind buttons. This method ensures that no one in the world will have the same item as you!

In Orly's own words she says, "I became enchanted with the endless richness of colors and objects Millefiore revealed before me. I enjoy discovering new harmonies between different colors, playing with different shades and trying new combinations. I am constantly amazed at the infinity of the world of colors and the richness of feeling one can convey through them."

We are also excited to share this lovely photo that Orly sent to us!

These are some Cabled Apple Jackets that Orly first crocheted and then embellished with her own creations. If you are interested in purchasing the crochet pattern for the Cabled Apple Jacket please feel free to visit our etsy shop at

To view more or Orly's amazing work we encourage you to visit Enjoy!!


Monday, December 12, 2011

how to work a 6 post reverse cable.

If you have purchased a crochet pattern from us that features a braided cable in the stitch pattern and you have questions about how to do the 6 post reverse cable then hopefully this tutorial will help you out. Some examples of the braided cable are the Aran Accent Pillow, the Braided Fingerless Mitts and the Two Tone Cable Scarf.

Figure 1

Figure 1:  Skip stitch numbers 1, 2 and 3, work FPtr around stitch number 4, work one FPtr around each of the next 2 stitches.

YO twice, working behind the 3 FPtr just made insert hook right to left around the first missed stitch (stitch #1).

Figure 2

Figure 2: It is easier to see the stitch that you grabbed if you view your work from the top.

Figure 3

Figure 3: YO and pull up a loop (4 loops on hook), (YO and draw through 2 loops on hook) 3 times. Repeat this process for stitch numbers 2 and 3.

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Tuesday, December 6, 2011

new crochet pattern - honey bee scarf by kim miller.

Skill Level: Intermediate

This delicate looking scarf is a beautiful combination of of the honeycomb stitch framed on either side by it that all time classic look. Althouth, the cables only show on the front side of the scarf the honeycomb is reversible so it looks great on both sides.

This well written crochet pattern calls for 1 ½ balls of Patons® Lace and the finished scarf measures approximately 6.5” (16.5 cm) wide and 57” (145 cm) long excluding the tassels. The pattern uses the following stitches: hdc, dc, fpdc, bpdc, and fptr.

Monday, December 5, 2011

showing appreciation for handmade.

I left a basket of my crocheted goodies on the couch and it made me smile when I came back and found my fur baby contently snoozing away:)


Friday, December 2, 2011

first friday freebie.

wild primrose scarf - crochet pattern
by tara schreyer

Skill Level: Easy

This scarf is chunky and rugged yet beautiful. The name is appropriate as the middle section of the scarf is reminiscent of the hardy yet delicate Wild Primrose flower native to North America, Asia, and Europe.

This pattern is simple, calling for stitches such as double crochet, treble, and double treble, and can be completed in an evening, thus making it a great last minute gift for someone special.

Scarf Measurements: 223.5 cm (88") long" x 12.7 cm (5") wide